Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) warned that the Trump administration’s approach to governance was putting the United States on “a drift toward authoritarianism,” arguing that criticism of the media and new restrictions on voting rights were making the country less democratic.
“Our country is moving in an authoritarian direction and the very nature of American democracy is under attack,” Sanders said Thursday morning at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “His rhetoric has the effect of casting grave doubts on the electoral process in our country, and delegitimizing any president who might follow him — just as he tried to delegitimize the president who preceded him.”
Sanders also warned specifically that Trump’s insistence that he would have won the popular vote had noncitizens not cast ballots — a falsehood, based largely on misreadings of academic studies — would lead to suppression aimed at protecting Trump and Republicans from democratic accountability.
“Trump is trying to lower voter turnout at a time when we have the lowest voter turnout of any country on Earth,” Sanders said. “He is also trying to pre-emptively cast doubt on the results of any future election that he might lose.”
You can read the full speech here.